Chipping is one of those techniques that’s often overlooked by amateur golfers. After all, the main focus is on driving the ball far and getting to the green. We follow the professionals who regularly hit the green and when they do require a chip shot they make it look so easy. However, for those of us who miss the green a little more often, a pitch shot is going to be a crucial tool to help you complete the hole.
A chip shot consists of a shorter swing of the club than most shots and as such requires a different approach. Golfers who struggle with contact usually have a poor set up and stance. You’ll want to set up your chip shot with a very narrow stance. Your feet should be as close as they would be as if you were putting. The ball should be in the middle of your stance to ensure that you make solid and crisp contact.
Golfers often tilt away from the target because they instinctively want to help the ball up then they push their hips toward the target. These moves drop the right side of the body lower than the left side, which shifts the low point of the swing behind the ball. That’s a major cause of chunks and skulls. You’ll want a very short backswing along with an equally short follow through. You’ll modify the length of the swing depending on how far you need to hit the chip shot.
So we will look at the set up first before we address the issue of which golf club or clubs to use.